POULTRY FROM SCHAUB FAMILY FARM
Imagine filling your freezer with home-grown, whole chickens, raised right here in mid-Michigan! Imagine the difference that walking in sunshine, munching on grass and insects and good food makes in the quality of the meat. Imagine the money saved when the cost is only $3.75/pound . (This price may change due to current pricing fluctuations, but be assured that we are doing everything we can to keep prices down by growing much of the food for the chickens ourselves.)
How this works:
We purchase Cornish Rock chicks @ 1-day old and raise them until they are ready for you. When you pick them up, they are fully ready for your freezer. They simply need to be packaged to your liking. I have tried everything and have settled on heat-shrink bags, which I purchase from Amazon. https://amzn.to/3pt0XR2 (We do not receive any monetary encouragement to share this link with you. This is just what I prefer.)
The day the order is ready, please arrive at our house between the specified time in the confirmation email, with a cooler (or coolers) and ice and plastic bags. We use white plastic bags that are food safe if you don’t have any.
When you arrive, please bring payment in the form of cash, check (payable to Schaub Family Farm), Venmo or Member-to-Member at MSUFCU.
July 22 (Organic only)
Turkey on Nov. 18
To place an order, simply email us at email@example.com with your name, cell phone #, date and number of birds. We do limit the number we raise each cycle to 100 birds to assure the best growing environment possible.
*Concerning Organic Chickens…We raise the broilers in ‘chicken tractors’; portable pens that protect the birds from predators and provide protection from the elements, but also have an open floor for access to fresh grass daily, as well as sunshine and cleansing breezes. This arrangement supplies the chickens with much of the nutrients that make our chicken far superior to store-bought chickens that are raised in cages and feed solely feed and never see the sun nor any grass. We do need to supplement with chicken feed, however and this is where the organic vs. non-organic difference lies. Despite the difference in food, both types of feed raise healthy, delicious meat. The organic birds tend to be slightly larger and more vibrant, and also much more expensive ($5.25/pound). The only difference is the feed, as the environment is the same for both. We encourage visitors to see this process. If you are interested in visiting our farm to see what a chicken tractor is and how it all looks (and doesn’t smell), visit our website or give us a call to set up a time to stop by and see for yourself.
WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT YOUR MEAT CHICKENS?
On Schaub Family Farm, our goal is to raise the best food possible. That's easy in the garden, but tugs at the heart strings a little more in the barn. To ensure that our meat is top quality, we raise our animals outside, with their little feet in the grass and sunshine on their backs. For our chickens, we use the chicken tractor - a portable pen that is moved to a fresh piece of grass 1-2 times a day. Thanks to the chicken tractor, our birds have access to everything they need--grass, insects, sunshine and shade.
For those of you who are concerned that the animals suffer on processing day, they don't. We raise them in the most humane way possible and prepare them for your freezer the same way.
CAN I ORDER ORGANIC CHICKENS?
Absolutely! Our July 22nd batch of chickens are raised on organic feed, as well as living in our chicken tractors.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT WHEN I PICK UP MY CHICKEN ORDER?
On the Chicken Saturday when your order is ready, I will email you a reminder and time for you to arrive. Bring with you a cooler (or several) and ice.
The birds are whole and completely clean, just as you would bring home if from a grocery store or a butcher shop. We process the birds early in the morning and pick up is typically early afternoon. The chickens are bagged in food-safe transportation bags according to the orders, and stored on ice until you pick them up, but the actual packaging for your freezer is up to you.
I purchase heat-shrink bags from Amazon for the birds I freeze whole. Most of my birds I cut up and package with plastic wrap and freezer paper.
If you have never cut a chicken apart into pieces (so you have have packages of breasts, leg quarters, wings), the process is simple and we can help you learn to do it for yourself. Just let us know that you would like a tutorial, and we will make sure that we give you extra time when you pick up your birds.
WHY OUR BROILERS ARE SUPERIOR
It's all about the grass...
We raise several hundred broilers every summer and fall. By the second day of life, our birds have their feet in the grass, and the natural selection of insects on any farm is there for the snacking. We keep our broilers in portable chicken coops, and every day they are moved to a clean section of grass, given fermented chicken feed for healthy tummies, and fresh water. As they grow, we move them twice a day to keep their (not so little) feet clean.
When you order chickens, we prepare them for your freezer at no extra cost. They will be clean and ready for you to package to your liking. If you prefer to take your chickens to a licensed processor, you are more than welcome to pick them up and do that. Or, if you want a little country livin' experience, you are welcome to join us on processing day to see how quick and mercifully we prep the birds.
We do raise organic birds in August. If you prefer organic birds in August, please note that in your email to firstname.lastname@example.org
THE MANY USES OF A SINGLE BROILER
What’s In Stock
A single chicken can provide two or three meals for a family of six; just speaking from experience. How? Here are some ideas...
1 - WHOLE ROASTED CHICKEN
In a roaster pan, a crock pot or an instant pot, set your whole chicken, breast side up. Stuff the chicken with wild rice seasoned with poultry seasonings, diced celery and green onions. Add root vegetables(potatoes, beets, carrots, etc.) 1-2 hours before serving
Clean the remaining chicken off the bones and save both.
2 - CHICKEN SALAD
With the leftover chicken, chop it into small pieces, add mayonnaise or greek yogurt (or mix them together and use both) along with diced celery, carrots, grapes and walnuts. There. Lunch for tomorrow is ready!
3 - CHICKEN STOCK
With the skin and bones from the roasted chicken, put them back into the crock pot and cover with water (distilled or spring is best). Add a quartered onion, crushed garlic clove, celery and carrots cleaned and cut into 1-inch pieces, salt and pepper, a bay leaf, and a dash of dried thyme ( or a few sprigs of fresh thyme). Add any leftover vegetables from other meals. As we clean up after dinners, there is usually a scant serving of veggies. Instead of throwing these away, I toss them into a gallon-size zip-lock and freeze them, using them now to make a beautiful stock. Cook on low heat for hours and hours to make the best bone broth imaginable and a base for several more meals.